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Early Childhood Services Bureau

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The Mission of the Early Childhood Services Bureau is to improve the quality, affordability and accessibility of early care and education in Montana, with focused efforts on coordinated systems to best meet the needs of young children, their families, and the professionals who work on behalf of young children and families.

Programs and Services

Early Childhood Services Bureau Updates

Child Care Resource and Referral Regional Changes Effective April 1, 2016
Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014
Montana Project LAUNCH


April 2015 News

October 2015 News

Best Beginnings Provider Portal

Use the Best Beginnings Provider Portal to:

  • Access Provider Rights and Responsibilities Agreement
  • Access Online Invoicing

Best Beginnings Online Scholarship Application

Best Beginnings Child Care Scholarships are child care payment awards to help Montana working families pay for child care.
The Best Beginnings Scholarship Program helps families pay for child care while they

  • work;
  • work & attend school;
  • attend high school; or
  • participate in Montana’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.

Montana Project LAUNCH

Montana Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health) is funded by a federal, SAMHSA, grant received by DPHHS in September 2014. The goal is to engage Montana’s early childhood partners to improve systems and access to mental health services for young children and families in our rural state while piloting evidence-based practices in Gallatin and Park Counties.

It is an $800,000, per year, 5 year grant.

More Information about Montana Project LAUNCH

Civil Rights

If you believe that you have been discriminated against because of race, national origin, ethnic background, sex, religious affiliation, or disability, you have a right to file a complaint.

To file a complaint of discrimination contact:
Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
1961 Stout Street - Room 1426
Denver, CO 80294
(303) 844-2024; (303) 844-3439 (TDD)
(303) 844-2025 FAX


Patty Butler, Chief
DPHHS - Early Childhood Services Bureau
P.O. Box 202925
Helena MT 59620-2925
or call toll free 1-866-239-0458